Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
10.23.2008 - 10.24.2008 82 °F
Forget about being a tourist--I'd rather be a teacher. Believe it or not, I spent last night teaching English at the Guangzhou Honda Plant and made 400 yuan (about 60 bucks) for my hour and a half of 'work'. My friend Liz said they were looking for a substitute and she had already told them I'd do it. So, I completely lied to the organizers and told them I taught English and Theatre back in Chicago for a few years when they asked if I had taught before.
A car picked us up and drove us out of the city to the factory. They gave us food and I was given my students and just chatted and practiced small talk and introductions with my class. It was a lot of fun and very easy as they were all very good at English. But they do this to build confidence because soon a lot of English speakers will be arriving for a conference and they want to make sure they can show them around and make them feel comfortable.
Then we went out to an Irish pub and promptly spent half our money drinking with about 15 different internationals that work with Liz. The place was called Hooley's and they had fantastic Western food (which I was very glad to see) and even a band playing western music. And I have to say--they were better than any band I've heard in any western bar I've ever been to.
I leave for Hong Kong and Macau tomorrow. I just arranged my hotel for Hong Kong and paid through the nose for it so it wouldn't be trash. Everything is very expensive in Hong Kong. But, the fates have smiled upon me and my new friend Dina has a friend that has parents living in Macau. They are from the southern United States. She called them and asked if I could stay with them and they said yes! They live on the southern island of Macau, called Taipa and apparently they are incredibly hospitable and have a fabulous house. So, I have a free place to stay and guides as well. Macau is an old Portuguese port and looks very European. I couldn't be more excited! Things are looking up!